The Social Skills, Imagination and Theater (SSIT) Lab in the Applied Developmental Psychology Group at George Mason University (PI: Dr. Thalia Goldstein) is seeking motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social-emotional development and play. Research in the lab focuses on the development of children’s imaginative abilities, their social emotional skills, and their involvement in the arts, particularly theatre. We work with children and adolescents, with current studies spanning ages 3-15 years old.
Summer research responsibilities include participant recruitment, help running studies both in the lab and in outdoor spaces, debriefing parents, data entry, and video coding. Additionally, research assistants will be involved in weekly lab meetings, an informal reading group, and will gain hands-on experience working with data. Research assistants will work closely with other team members and will be supervised by Dr. Goldstein. Stipends of approximately $1000 are available, and research assistants are encouraged to seek additional funding through their home universities. Dependent on the requirements of interns’ home institution, academic credit may be available.
Eligibility and requirements
Research assistants are asked to commit either part time (20 hours per week) or full time (40 hours per week) to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. The tentative start date for positions is as early June 4th and the internship continues through August 3.
Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete our online application *. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, with a final review occurring after March 15.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program
The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Dr. Fei Xu, is now accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship Program in 2018.
Descriptions of the Program
The goal of this internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.
In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab’s projects.
Berkeley affiliated and Non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and programming. Experience working with children is highly desirable.
This is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 4 and July 27.
To apply, please see http://babylab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship. The application deadline is March 16, 2018 11:59p.m. PST.
The Faja and Nelson Labs at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital have a student intern position open to assist on a multisite project with 6- to 11-year-old children on the autism spectrum. Responsibilities will include assisting in study visits, behaviorally supporting children on the autism spectrum, collecting surveys from parents, data entry and lab maintenance. Students interns will have the opportunity to learn about electrophysiological data acquisition (EEG and eye tracking), clinical and cognitive assessments, neurodevelopmental disorders, research methodology, and attend seminars on topics such as professional development and atypical child development.
- Undergraduate student majoring in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a part- or full- time summer commitment, with potential for continuing part in the fall
- Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children
- Previous experience with children
- Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems
- High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail
Preferred experience includes:
- Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking measures
- Previous experience with autism spectrum disorder
- Previous experience working in a research setting
- Experience with data entry and management
- Knowledge of basic statistics software and basic experimental presentation and collection software
To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest; (2) CV/Resume to Aksheya.email@example.com
Candidates being considered for this position will be asked to provide 2-3 references.
For further information please contact Aksheya Sridhar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Internship: Temple University Infant & Child Lab
The Temple Infant & Child Lab is offering summer internships to bright, energetic students who are eager to peer into the world of child development. Directed by Professors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Nora Newcombe, the lab conducts both theoretical and applied research on language acquisition, spatial learning, memory development, and playful learning in children aged 5 months to 8 years.
Summer interns will receive hands-on experience in every step of the research process. Each intern will work on one or two research projects and will be paired with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow mentor who will serve as a resource for questions about their areas of research and graduate school. Summer interns will receive a stipend of $1000. The internship will take place over 8 weeks during the summer of 2018.
Duties may include:
- Recruiting and scheduling lab participants
- Assisting with stimuli design and creation
- Conducting studies with children in the lab or in local preschools
- Coding and analyzing data
- Discussing relevant journal articles in lab meetings
- Major in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or related field
- Commitment to at least 20 hours per week for 8 weeks
- Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
- Experience working with children
If interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jelani Medford, Lab Coordinator, at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until Thursday,March 1st, 2018. Please visit our website (http://www.templeinfantlab.com/) for more information about the lab.
Please encourage outstanding undergraduate students, including graduating seniors, seeking research experience to apply for a summer internship at the newly-established Neuroscience of Education Research and Development (N.E.R.D. Lab; nerdlab.ua.edu). As part of the Educational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Alabama (edneuro.ua.edu), our research examines how the brain supports learning across the lifespan, with a particular focus on the impact of gesture on typical and atypical language acquisition and processing. We use a variety of methods including functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG), and eyetracking to investigate how gesture affects the neural mechanisms of language processing and learning in populations including native English speakers, English language learners, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Under the mentorship of the PI, Dr. Laura Morett, summer interns in the N.E.R.D. Lab will receive hands-on experience with research, including participant recruitment, experiment development, data collection, and data entry and cleaning. Interns will attend and participate in lab meetings where cutting-edge research relevant to educational neuroscience will be discussed. By participating in these activities, interns will gain significant knowledge of research on gesture, language acquisition and processing, and the neural bases of learning; hone their ability to dissect research papers; and hands-on experience with behavioral and neural data collection techniques. The ideal candidate for this internship is enthusiastic, conscientious, and willing to learn technical skills necessary to conduct neuroscience research (although no prior experience with these skills is required). Candidates with interests in neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, communication sciences and disorders, or education who are considering careers in fields such as research, medicine, or speech pathology are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is a plus, but not a requirement. We value diversity and encourage applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences, including individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and those from other diverse populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Interns must be available for 10-20 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks during summer 2018. Applicants may participate in the internship for course credit or as part of a program with funding through their college or university, or as volunteer interns. Hourly compensation may be available, but is not guaranteed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for their own funding through relevant opportunities, and we are happy to suggest and support such applications.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcript, and 1-2 letters of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on March 16. The cover letter should describe your academic background and previous relevant work or research experience, interests in language, gesture, development, cognition, and/or neuroscience, and how this internship would contribute to your future goals. Please direct any questions about the internship to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application!
Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2018 Summer Internship
Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan
The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for their summer internship. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students, while making valuable contributions to cognitive science.
Our lab explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social abilities arise during human development. A central goal of our research is exploring how these different aspects of development interact with one another. Interns will work closely with the lab manager, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other, and will meet with professor Srinivasan on a regular basis. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, such as: assisting with data collection, working on stimuli creation and preparation of study materials, reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, recruiting participants, and processing or analyzing data. Interns will also have the opportunity to test participants at preschools or children’s museums in the Bay Area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research projects, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at during the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.
This internship is unpaid and will run from June 11th – August 10th and requires 30 hours of work per week. For more information, please see our websitehttp://lcdlab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship/ Please submit all application materials (found on our website) by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST.
The Music Lab is the newest lab in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. We study the basic science of music in an effort to understand how and why humans produce and perceive music at all ages and across cultures. We are recruiting undergraduate research assistants in the fields of cognitive science, evolutionary biology, music theory, ethnomusicology, anthropology, linguistics, or computer science to spend their summer with us!
Summer RAs will be working on studies investigating universals in music perception and music production, people’s use of music in daily life, acoustics of music production in informal settings, studies of the impact of infant-directed song on infant affect and behavior, and long-term effects of the use of music in the home on parent and infant health. You can learn more about us and read our papers at themusiclab.org.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of example summer projects that summer RAs will help to run:
1. Expanding our diverse collection of audio recordings for the Natural History of Song Project. Ideal for students with interests in ethnomusicology, anthropology, music theory, and exploration of non-western music.
2. In-lab studies exploring the degree to which music can function as a tool for parents to use when their infants are upset. This project will utilize a variety of research technologies, including wearable devices to track real-time physiological data from infants, motion tracking, emotion recognition, pupillometry, and more. Ideal for students interested in getting hands-on research experience running infant subjects in a developmental laboratory.
3. Crowd-sourced online studies about music categorization and perception using both traditional study pools of online workers and “citizen science” approaches. Ideal for students with interests in programming surveys, designing stimuli, and working with large, data sets from online participants.
4. Studies examining the possibility of links between synchronous activity (music or otherwise) and cooperation, prosociality, and interpersonal affinity. Ideal for students interested in social cognition and developing robust, replicable methods for online data collection.
To apply, please fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/iUR2mOltZieAxjZq1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Academic credit or stipends may be available. Please send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
CHILD’S PLAY, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT LAB
The Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, invites graduating seniors and undergraduate students to apply for an unpaid summer internship. Our laboratory, funded by federal grants and foundations, focuses on how children acquire language, develop early spatial concepts, encounter and learn from media, and learn through play. We value our research assistants and their names often appear on our submissions. This is an ideal way to gain research experience for students thinking of going on in a variety of fields such as psychology, speech pathology, and medicine. While there are few specific requirements, you must like children and be an eager learner and responsible individual!
Why you should apply:
Working at the Child’s Play Lab will allow you to experience, first hand, how research is conducted. You will learn the practical applications of research methods, participant recruitment, data collection, data coding, and data entry. Additionally, we will hold weekly lab meetings where we discuss cutting-edge research in developmental cognition. You will leave the lab having gained a significant amount of knowledge in language acquisition, research methodology, child cognition, and how to dissect research papers. This new learning can help you in any field you enter and will be useful to you in your classes!
- Some background in psychology or a related field.
- Basic computer skills.
- An eager and curious mind.
- Must be able to commit at least 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June and August.
Complete and send the attached application form along with your unofficial university transcript, CV, and a letter of recommendation to the Laboratory Coordinators, Hannah Puttre, (email@example.com) and Lindsey Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5PM on March 23, 2018.
Stellar undergraduate students are invited to apply for an internship at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Students will be immersed in an environment of rigorous scientific research and training. As interns at CAR, students will contribute to ongoing scientific efforts focused on quantitative approaches to language, social cognition, and communication (including transcription), gain exposure to a rich array of projects across multiple areas of autism research, and attend lectures and training sessions. Summer interns will work under the supervision of Dr. Julia Parish-Morris and the Motor-Language Lab Research Assistants. The Lab collects, codes, and analyzes data from clinical research participants, with the following goals: identify linguistic markers of ASD; quantify ASD-specific patterns of movement; develop improved screening and treatment tools using advanced behavioral imaging.
The ideal candidate is energetic, diligent, and self-motivated. Applicants with experience in psychology, child development, speech-language pathology, clinical research, computer science, or linguistics are encouraged to apply, as well as applicants from other backgrounds with interest in these areas. The Center for Autism Research values diversity, and encourages applications from individuals that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, including individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and those from other diverse populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants are invited to participate in an internship at CAR as part of an undergraduate course or thesis project, as part of a program with funding through their college or university, and as volunteer interns. Internships are available for year, summer, or academic year intervals. Interns must be available for 40 hours per week, Mondaythrough Friday, for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer and a minimum of 10 hours per week for 2 semesters in the school year. Accepted interns will need to be able to complete the CHOP Non-traditional Personnel clearance process, including background checks, FBI fingerprinting, and occupational health screen prior to their start date. Information on how to complete the process will be provided to those selected. Projected summer internship start date is Tuesday, May 29th.
To apply for a summer position, please send your CV and cover letter to Leila Bateman at email@example.com by March 1st, 2018. In your cover letter, detail your academic background and previous work experience, interest in language and autism research, and describe how this experience would contribute to your future goals. Students selected for the second round of consideration will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.